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Yates’ exile from Justice Dept. could fuel corporate uncertainty

Joe Mont | January 31, 2017

“You’re fired.” 

It is unlikely that President Donald J. Trump directly used his one-time catchphrase to dismiss Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. What he did say—showing her the door after she refused to defend the administration’s controversial, temporary ban on migrating Syrian refugees and travel to the United States from seven Muslim majority countries—was just as blunt.

“The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House wrote in a statement announcing the firing. “This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”

In a vacuum, the ensuing controversy might be just another example of Machiavellian maneuvering inside the beltway. With just 11 days catalogued...

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